AV Club's 100 best films of the decade thus far.
1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
An elite squad of cops raid a ruthless-as-fuck drug lord's dungeon of death. A hyper-intense workout. Kissing your wife goodbye and hoping like fuck you will see her again. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Catching a lucky break for a split-second. Hammer to the fuckin head. A bad lieutenant. A noble-as-fuck sergeant. A badass rookie with a secret agenda. Your last TV show. Shit-stained pants. The alarm of doom. The one honest guy in a building full of crazed fuckers. Hallway insanity. Mad fuckin Dog, the biggest fuckin Academy Award snub ever. Throwing a fucker out the window. A crazy-eyed fuck with a machete. Total darkness, then bullets every fuckin where. Guns take away the rush. Mad Dog vs.Sarge is like…
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
Un-Freakin-Believable Hyperactive Beatdowns!
Ball Busting Action!!!
Style over substance rules but who cares when the most brutal jaw-dropping fight scenes are an Eye-Popping, Balls to the Wall, Life or Death Spectacle!
Gratuitous Adrenalin Pumping Acts of Extreme Violence!
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
Unrated version of The Raid : Redemption!
How does one even begin to describe this remarkable martial arts film when there is nothing out there that even comes close to what you can expect to find in The Raid!
Its no Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon! There's nothing artsy fartsy about it (Don't get me wrong.. I love artsy fartsy! But sometimes I like my films Straight Up!)
Its no Enter the Dragon 70s camp with an occasional smattering of choreographed fight scenes! The characters in The Raid don't have time to stop and bleed muchless stop and partake in humor! As far as the fight scenes go The Raid has the most realistic fight scenes and unfortunately for the squeamish…
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
One of the best action moves out there. The Raid is a tight-nit film that keeps the pace moving fast and the fighting fluid. Highly regarded as one of the greatest action films of the decade, if not of all time, the movie has no shaky cam and no quick cuts. Everything is buttery smooth with wide shots of the incredible fight choreography.
The acting can be a little over-dramatic and the story isn't anything too interesting, but this is one entertaining as hell film nonetheless.
Em seu primeiro trabalho de destaque, Gareth Evans já mostra ser um especialista na direção de sequencias de ação. Um nome muito promissor para esse gênero.
From the first moment to the last shot, please, for the sake of humanity, don't forget to breathe.
A visual spectacle and exhilarating action that has never been on screen like this before. However, excessively violent and lacking any sort of character definition. A big dumb action movie. If there had been more plot, I would have like it better.
The action scenes in this film are quite good, lots of intense fighting, although they do at times require a bit of a suspension of disbelief to allow that people actually think that fast in a fight and that practically no bones were broken even though people are being thrown into walls, tables, filing cabinets, through doors and windows, etc. People have compared it to a video game, with the different apartment floors representing different levels and this is kind of reinforced by the voices hired for the English dubbing, they all sound like voices you would find in a video game. Another comparison though might be the deadliest game of chutes and ladders ever because people go up floors…
Baked level: medium
A good action movie should make you wanna do karate In your living room afterwards, it should go without saying that my recycling bin will never be the same. HIYA!
A heart pounding bloody dose of testosterone. For action fans, all you need is great fighting sequences and this film has plenty. The blood spattering and head crushing sequences occur in abundance; one after another characters are killed off. Roger Ebert said that it seemed like there was a criminal "dispenser machine" that kicks in as soon as someone dies. It provides small scenes to make you care about the characters, but they are superficial. The plot here is not important, what matters is the choreography of the fights. The choreography of the fights are very well done and it is the main reason it has many fans. It is definitely a satisfying action film that does not require much in the thinking department; and some days, that is okay.
What Die Hard would be if John McClane had done all of Harry Ellis' coke.
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